Motor Vehicle Injuries are sustained as a direct result of an impact which results in an acceleration, possible rotation/impact and deceleration of the body. This may result in concussion, fractures, whiplash injuries causing neck/back pain and possible referred pain into the upper/lower limbs, soft tissue injuries, headaches and jaw pain.
Both the driver and passengers in the vehicle are at risk of injury. The onset of your symptoms (e.g. pain, dizziness and swelling) may be immediate; however it is not uncommon to feel the symptoms hours later or even days later after the injury has occurred.
Studies have shown that the acceleration/deceleration of the body is an important factor in the degree of injury, even if it is a low impact collision.
Treatment After A Motor Vehicle Accident May Include:
- Education: Ice vs. Heat. Advice on neck/back bracing and bite plates. Postural advice with respect to sleep, work and recreational activities. This includes type and number of pillows, mattress, chair, car seat, desk height, computer and lighting. Correct ergonomic positions will decrease stress on the injured soft tissues(muscles, ligaments) and joints.
- Manual Therapy: Soft tissue techniques to decrease pain, release muscular trigger points and regain muscle length. Spinal/Joint mobilization is used to restore range of motion and function. Taping techniques decrease pain and facilitate postural control.
- Electrotherapy: Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy, Laser, Ultrasound, Interferential, Tens are used to decrease pain and inflammation and to promote healing.
- Traction Decompression Therapy: is used to to improve spinal mobility of the neck, back and lower back.
- Exercise Therapy: Progressive exercise program to regain flexibility, strength and function. It involves retraining stability, core strength and focuses on regaining functional independence with regards to activities of daily life. It includes a home program.
- Acupuncture: Has a positive effect on decreasing pain, releasing scar tissue/ painful trigger points and restoring energy flow.